I am posting a bit late today because time here, in Saint Tropez, seems to be different and it is starting to get to me. My Internet connection is very slow so no pictures. Sorry.
Everything is much slower here.
Or, as time is relative, maybe it's me. I have become too accustomed to a fast-paced world and I am feeling a bit lost now.
First of all, most shops are closed between 12.00am and 2.00pm. Time to have lunch and a quick nap. I had forgotten that it was like that here.
Then, I have asked for a couple of quotes for my business. I am looking for a local gardener to take care of a few trees and plants in front
of our offices. Some companies came to see it and promised me that they would come back to me with a price. It has been a week and I am still waiting.
Finally, there is my insurance company. I have sent an email to my usual contact there, only to receive an out-of-office reply, saying, in substance (and in french):
" I will me on Annual Leave from 31st of July to 15th of September.". No apologies, no "Thank you for your email" (I think that I miss London).
Please note that we are the 23rd and she doesn't seem to be back. Go figure. It looks like France doesn't only stop in August now. things have changed and I am out of touch!
To make matters even worse, one of the waiters in the restaurant started talking to me in English. It is official: I am not French any more.
The good news is that anyone who has even a very limited notion of customer service can make a fortune here.
The bad news is that I can't stand this attitude any more. I used to live and work here. I probably used to do the same. Somehow I have changed!
So, for me, it is : back to London. Pronto!